NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Montreal
(Monday, April 10th)
Final Score: Montreal 3, Ottawa 2
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Richard Zednik's goal midway through the third period lifted the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators.
David Aebischer made 35 saves for Montreal, which moved into seventh place in the Eastern Conference ahead of idle Tampa Bay with 91 points.
Chris Higgins and Sheldon Souray scored the other goals for the Canadiens, who have won nine of their last 10 games overall.
Dany Heatley and Andrej Meszaros netted goals for the slumping Senators, who have lost a season-high four straight. Ray Emery allowed three goals on 25 shots.
With the score knotted at 2-2 in the third, the Habs went ahead at 9:27 on Zednik's 15th tally of the season. At the right side of the cage, Mike Ribeiro gained control of a loose puck and fired it at Emery, who made the pad save. The rebound, though, trickled over to Zednik at the left side of the net and his back hand swipe at the disc knocked it over the goal line past a sliding Emery.
Montreal almost made it a two-goal game shortly after Zednik's goal, as Alex Kovalev fired a wrist shot off the crossbar.
Ottawa had trouble generating any consistent pressure the rest of the way and with a minute to go, the Sens pulled Emery for the extra attacker. The move did not help as Montreal's tenacious forechecking kept Ottawa from setting up in the offensive zone as the Habs held on for the win.
"We played good tonight in a playoff type game," said Emery. "I've got to make some saves though. We played our hearts out, but Aebischer made some saves that helped them."
The Canadiens grabbed a 1-0 lead just 2:57 into the contest. At the right side of the crease, Higgins poked in a loose puck off Emery's pad and into the back of the net.
Meszaros evened the score at 1-1 after unleashing a wrister from the point that beat a screened Aebischer at the 5:53 mark for the power-play tally.
At the 11:10 mark of the first period, Heatley banged home a rebound in front off a shot from Patrick Eaves at the right side of the net for a 2-1 advantage.
The Habs tied things up at 2-2 at 6:58 of the second stanza. Souray ripped a heavy slap shot from the left circle that squeaked past the five hole of Emery for the goal.
"We came out down by a goal and then after we tied it, Dave (Aebischer) shut the door," said Souray.
Zednik's goal was his first in 13 games...Higgins has scored in four straight games and has 23 goals on the campaign...The Sens are tied with Carolina atop the Eastern Conference with 108 points; both clubs have four games remaining...Eaves left the game in the second period with an ankle injury and did not return.
04/10 23:11:01 ET